Congratulations to Publisher Keith Whitson and the rest of The Erwin Record team for sweeping the Tennessee Press Association Awards and winning the coveted title for General Excellence for the ninth consecutive year! The awards are a reflection of 365 days of hard work, with each employee digging for news, writing their best, taking photos, serving the community and giving 100 percent every day. The job of a journalist is not an easy one, whether writing hard-nosed news, community features, or details as seemingly small as cutlines and headlines. It was wonderful to see all the teamwork pay off yesterday at the awards ceremony in Nashville.

The Erwin Record earned eight first place state awards in its division yesterday, along with a number of second and third place awards. The contest features several categories, including: features, news, web design, photography, editorials and more. Altogether, the staff took home around 20 awards.

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and your commitment to excellence! It's great to be a part of the team!